Norbert Teufelberger, co-chief executive of bwin.party and chairman of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), was questioned by Belgian police today in Brussels. He was released this afternoon.
Teufelberger, who was speaking at the EGBA’s annual Responsible Gaming Day conference, was questioned over bwin.party’s presence in Belgium. The company continues to operate without a license even after two of its domains (www.bwin.com and www2.bwin) were added to the country’s blacklist earlier this year.
A spokesman for the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) said that Teufelberger “has to answer questions and explain why bwin is not following the rules with regards to offering games of chance [in Belgium].”
This is nothing new for Teufelberger, who was arrested with Bwin co-founder Manfred Bodner by French police in September 2006. He faced similar questioning then, as the company was serving the French market as an unlicensed operator.
Bwin.party is currently entangled in a legal dispute with the BGC, hoping to reappeal its blacklisting. Its initial request was turned down in February. The operator filed a lawsuit against the commission, claiming that the country’s regulatory framework is restrictive and protectionist
Following Teufelberger’s questioning, the company made the following statement:
“In response to press reports this afternoon, the Group can confirm that Norbert Teufelberger, Co-CEO, was requested to attend an interview with the Belgium authorities. He complied voluntarily with this request and is co-operating fully with the authorities. We will issue further details in due course.”